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The 1965 Parade of Homes

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The quality on this video is not great, but you can see a method of wall construction using sound-deadening board plus gypsum wall board that was used for the 1965 Parade of Homes in Alabama. As Boomer families grew and entertainment moved inside the home, the building industry played up the concept of the “Quietized” home.

via 1965 Parade of Homes, The – YouTube.


Written by Elizabeth McCullough

June 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

Building the American Dream

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I love these vintage films. This one captures the urgency and opportunity created by the post-World War II housing shortage and boom. It’s true, as the actors say, that house construction before the war was largely done by small contractors. Levittown and similar developments are examples of the dominance of large vertically-integrated construction companies that began in the 1950s and continues today — what the film-within-the-film calls “the dynamic catalyst.” Note how the narrator ties the explosion of suburban developments to the “pioneers” on the “prairie.”

The impact on the American landscape was enormous. From fewer than 200,000 new homes in 1945, housing starts grew to one million a year during the boom that started in 1948.  (By contrast, housing starts in 2009 were fewer than 600,000 and are just now breaking one million a year.)

And, of course — gypsum was there!

HT: USG on Facebook

Building the American Dream ca. 1956 – YouTube.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

June 2, 2014 at 5:00 am

Cost of Constructing a Single-family Home in 2013 | Eye on Housing

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NAHB [National Association of Home Builders] recently published the latest construction cost survey.  The survey shows that the average home was built on 14,359 square feet of land, had 2,607 square feet of finished area, and sold for $399,532.

The Eye on Housing post links back to the cost survey with detailed breakdowns. Total construction costs for the average home were $246,453. The cost of drywall was $9,376, or 3.8% of the sales price, down from 4.4% in 2011’s survey.

via Cost of Constructing a Single-family Home in 2013 | Eye on Housing.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

January 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

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